2 Corinthians 9:8 God’s Abundant Provision

 

Fresh organic vegetables in the garden

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

All over the world there are people who have accumulated many things. Some have accumulated large dollar amount items, with extreme wealth, while others just accumulate lower cost items. In most of the cases, both the wealthy and the not so wealthy, the items are accumulated for self.

The world looks at one being successful by measuring the amount of items that has been accumulated over time. The more a person has, the better he is.

Having things is not a problem, however, they become a problem when they are only used for one’s own self.

This type of problem can occur among believers also. God is a God who loves to be generous and pour out many blessings of provision. He does not pour out just enough for what a person needs, but abundantly more than what is needed.

There is a purpose in God’s being generous. That purpose is so that the person receiving can pour out generously into someone else’s life. God helps the believer, so that the believer can help someone else, not so that he can hoard it all to himself.

All the things that a person can accumulate in this world, cars, money, houses, clothes, will only last for a short time. They are temporary. However, during this short time on life, those things can be used to help meet the needs of other people, both believers and non-believers.

Paul had just talked about a believer needs to be a cheerful, generous giver. This is so that God can continue to bless the believer with more, because He knows that believer will in turn bless someone else with what he has.

God is giving you everything that you have so that you can meet the needs of others as He meets your needs. God can meet all of your needs in miraculous ways of His own provision or through others as you are generous with what He has blessed you with.

As you meet the needs of others, you are abounding in every good work. You are showing God’s love to others, both believers and those of this world.

Do not allow yourself to become stingy with what God has given you, pass it on to others.

I pray today that you will see what God has blessed you with; that God will show you ways to meet the needs of others; that you will see God’s abundant provision; and that God will help you abound in every good work. 

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Matthew 23:11 How To Be The Greatest

Helping Others

The greatest among you will be your servant. Matthew 23:11

Jesus was speaking against the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law. Even though they knew the Law very well, they did not practice it, nor did they show any love or care for the people. They focused on themselves and tried to show how great they were. Jesus then tells the people that the one who would be greatest would be their servant.

In order for people to be great, they are often expected to be the best at something. They are to stand above the average person to be considered the greatest. The greatest musician is the one who can play or sing the best out of everyone else. The greatest actress is the one who can perform the best.

God has a problem with that type of thinking, which is the way most of the world thinks like. The problem with that type of thinking is that it is self focused. Regardless of what a person is doing, whether good or bad, the focus is on self being the best and looking down on others. There is nothing in this way of thinking that is about lifting other people up or building them up. It is about building self up.

Jesus is considered by many to be the greatest teacher or prophet that ever lived. He did not live in a way at trying to be the best. He lived as a servant. Jesus had the goal of serving God, thus serving people.

A servant is the person who makes the boss or master look good. He is the one who brings the food or cleans up after the master. He puts others before himself.

People want to be served. They want to feel the comfort of being served what they need, when they need it.

As a believer, you are to be like Jesus, serving others. Showing love to others means you will lift them up and help them. It will not be about you in any way. There will always be room to serve others.

As you take care and serve others, God will take care of you. He will place others in your life to serve your needs.

At that point you will be the greatest among the people. People will see your love and care and realize you are living like Jesus.

I pray today that you will have God’s love for people in your heart; that you will serve people as Jesus served you; that you will work to build people up in Jesus; and that God will see you as the greatest servant.

Homeless: Sheep VS Goats (Guest Blog)

Here is a blog by Glenn Kaiser, who I follow. He puts out some very good points on homelessness and believers. Please check out his blog. 

Homeless: Sheep Vs. Goats

With permission, I snuck in and sat in the back (next to my wife!) of a kind friend’s seminar on homelessness today. “Snuck in” because it was Deeply Rooted, a women’s fellowship, worship and teaching gathering.

I had no idea Beth was going to discuss The Bonus Army [see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonus_Army ] or key issues of African-Americans immediately after the American Civil War as elements of history to help us understand homelessness.

Indeed, today, Veteran’s Day in the U.S., far too many vets are in deep trouble!

Jesus in Matthew chapter 25 lists 6 things we need to be concerned with if we profess to love God and neighbor; indeed if our attitudes and choices reflect being one of His or not:

To read the rest of the article please go to: Homeless: Sheep VS. Goats